HGTV’s House Hunters made history Wednesday night by featuring its first polyamorous, “throuple”. The trio, from Texas, were seeking a new home in Colorado.
The threesome consisted of Angellica (“Geli”), Lori and Brian.
Life coach Lori and sports marketer Brian married in 2002. They have two kids together. Lori is bisexual, and the couple met videographer Geli in a bar one night and began a relationship with her.
“I didn’t plan on being in a relationship with a married couple, but it just happened very naturally, organically,” said Geli.
“I understood from day one, even when we were dating, that Lori was bisexual,” said Brian. “And so we evolved to a point where we were comfortable having another woman in our lives.”
The three have since exchanged vows with in a commitment ceremony and are sharing the raising of the two kids, aged 10 and 12.
“It’s a commitment between the three of us. We are all equals in this relationship,” said Brian.
In the episode, entitled “Three’s not a crowd in Colorado Springs,” they discussed finding a bedroom big enough to accommodate their large bed, and whether they could get three basins in the bathroom. You can watch a clip of the show via PeopleTV below.
At the end of their one-week search, Brian and Lori couldn’t decide on which home they liked best, so they gave Geli the deciding vote. They went with a home that was $15,000 over their $500,000 budget, but which offered spectacular mountain views – something they all loved.
Unsurprisingly, the episode prompted plenty of comment on social media.
“Oh my God, a throuple on House Hunters,” tweeted feminist writer Roxanne Gay, before going on to praise the show: “Great episode!!!! Educational.”
Oh my god. A throuple on House Hunters.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 13, 2020
Others shared Gay’s surprise.
— Melanie Hawkins (@MelHawk92) February 13, 2020
Writer and podcaster Hemal Jhaveri tweeted: “HGTV really might be the most progressive show on TV. About to watch a polyamory couple fight over a house! #HouseHunters”
HGTV really might be the most progressive show on TV. About to watch a polyamory couple fight over a house! #HouseHunters
— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) February 13, 2020
— Ashliegh Burns (@AshlieghKayy) February 13, 2020
Was just about to go to sleep when #HouseHunters comes on with an episode about a THROUPLE shopping for a house in Colorado ??? AND they have two kids!!! Definitely staying up to watch this #mustseetv #veryprogressiveHGTV!!
— orlibeth (@orlibeth) February 13, 2020
Studies from 2011-2012 estimated around 4-5% of people in the US are involved in a CNM (consensually non-monogamous) relationship.